IWA Trade Show 2018

Laporte attended the IWA Outdoor Classics from the 9th - 12th of March alongside some of the biggest names in the shooting industry. We asked Laporte-CPC Sponsored Ed Solomons to guest blog for us!
IWA Trade Show 2018


This years flying visit to IWA 2018 meant an early start so it was an early night on Thursday ready for a 2am alarm to get up and make my way to Birmingham airport to get the 6am flight to Munich.

The short flight to Germany is a regular trip for me and no sooner have you settled into your seat, it’s time to land. I was picked up by friend and customer Florian at the airport and driven at breakneck speed down to the Nuremberg exhibition centre to get parked up and make our way to the exhibition hall.

If you haven’t been before, I urge you to go as it is a vast show, and I would say much more professionally laid out and showcased than any I have been to in the U.K. this year there were over 1500 exhibitors ranging from sporting arms and ammunition to clothing, military kit and of course traps! Although there were nearly 47,000 visitors this year you always had room to look around and you were never cramped due to the sheer size of the layout.

The first day for me was spent largely on the Krieghoff stand, where they had unveiled the new updated company logo and were showing off various new engraving patterns, including the fantastic 2018 gun of the year commissioned by Alamo sporting arms in Texas. 

I managed to catch up with lots of familiar faces from overseas with friends and customers from USA, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Singapore and Portugal between talking shop with the Krieghoff team and a few of the UK dealers. Next stop was a short visit to Hull cartridges to meet the guys and to speak to Laurent Hewart from Magic Safari Lodges about some events that he will be running this year that both myself and Hull will be attending.
That evening was the Krieghoff dinner which was as usual a fantastic night out and very generous of the team to invite me, I had a good chat with some old friends but sadly had to make my way back early as had lots to do the next day...

Saturday dawned and the morning was my time to look around the show as a tourist, as my next meeting was with Laporte at lunchtime so I went round all the halls to see what was on offer before making my way over.

I was greeted by Fred Laporte, who I had not met before. Fred was great fun and talked me through some of the finer points of the new 18 column trap which I can see being very popular for either skeet ranges or high tower set ups where down time due to trap filling needs to be kept to a minimum to try and reduce delays in shooting. Also discussed were the plans to add a tilting base to which would make it an incredibly versatile sporting machine for the bigger competitions where the volume of shooters means that reducing trap fills could allow extra squads to be added in with no timing issues.

Before I left for home I had the pleasure of meeting Hakan Dahlby (silver medal in the 2012 olympics double trap) who Fred introduced me to, which was great as we have been friends on social media for some time but never met in person.
The Laporte stand was buzzing for the couple of hours I was there which is great to see, and shows the amount of interest in the products- obviously they are doing something right!

As I finished there I had to start making my way back for a quick dinner with friends then a late flight home to get ready for the following weeks coaching.
I would thoroughly recommend a trip to IWA as it is so easy to get to and if you are interested in shooting and the outdoors, it’s a great weekend trip away.

See you there next time!


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